There’s been a slight uptick in submissions over the past seven days, albeit only in short stories. The total now stands at 45 short stories and 5 non-fiction pieces. So I really need some more non-fiction. I’ve bought two so far, and I’m hoping to publish four or five in Rocket Science. There may be fewer slots available, but the odds of a sale are probably slightly better.
What sort of non-fiction am I looking for? Anything, to be honest. On science or science fiction. Spacecraft, spacesuits, space probes, rockets, cosmology, orbital mechanics, exoplanets… there’s no shortage of suitable subjects. A non-fiction piece on science fiction is, perhaps, a little trickier. A review of a relevant book, film or television series isn’t really substantial enough, but an in-depth critical piece would be. Or even a critical piece on a number of thematically, or otherwise, linked books and/or films, etc. Whatever. Just send me something.
I’m hoping Rocket Science will prove a quite varied anthology – within the limits of its theme, of course – and the stories I’ve received so far have certainly stretched that theme quite a bit. Perhaps a even little too far in a couple of cases. I am willing to be flexible – one story I’ve bought has absolute nothing to do with rockets, for example – but only up to a point. I’m not looking for traditional science fiction. I want science fiction stories, yes; but don’t think you have to lard your story with sf tropes in order to make it fit. Think a little outside the box. Send me something that meets the criteria but I probably won’t have seen before. Send me a story with a bibliography and which convinces me you used those books for research. Send me a literary story that happens to have a hard sf setting. Send me a science article that reveals itself as science fiction on the last page. Send me a story that’s utopian, a story that’s communist. A story with equations in it, or with citations and footnotes in it. A story that takes place over a handful of minutes, or over tens of centuries. Experiment a little.
And now for the customary pie charts: